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AZ Couple Facing Charges After Defrauding Victims

Sedona AZ  — On Thursday, May 16, 2019, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) detectives arrested and booked 42-year-old Kent Burton and his wife, 36-year-old Carly Burton and charged them with the following:

• Aggravated taking the identity of another or entity
• Forgery
• Fraudulent schemes and artifices
• Fraudulent schemes and practices/willful concealment
• Perjury by inconsistent statements
• Theft
• Unlawful use of food stamps.

Throughout the investigation, detectives discovered Kent and Carly Burton falsified the victims’ financial records. During multi-million-dollar business transactions, the Burtons obtained goods and services in the names of the victims and defrauded victims out of more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000).

Additionally, the Burtons defrauded the Arizona Department of Economic Security by falsifying revenue records and unlawfully collecting more than $20,000 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (food stamps). During this time, the Burtons were also attempting to acquire a $2.2 million-dollar business.

Kent and Carly Burton were booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Fourth Avenue Jail: The Department report number is AZ1800387253.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.

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